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Weels get Matroos rolling to the playoffs

Match day for the Mens Regional League final 2021 eventually took place on a chilly Tuesday night at NY49, Gugulethu.

The delay of this fixture was caused by a complaint filed by Silver Spurs against Hanover Park for fielding an ineligible player in the last match of the season when HP faced Vasco Da Gama.

In the Regional Mens League the statutes states that the onus is on each club to record the yellow cards issued and not the responsibility of the League. In many opinions that is a copout by the League as it’s a responsibility which is shifted to the amateur clubs. Be that as it may, that is the law at the moment.
With the above said, the League does publish a summary of cautions on a weekly basis and on that summary, the player in question still had 3 yellow cards recorded and the 4th received against City was not recorded.

Spurs lost the initial case but appealed and won via arbitration resulting in Hanover Park being deducted 3 points and making them end 3rd on the log with Trinitarians second and Spurs 1st meaning that Spurs would face Stream A winners, Matroosfontein.

Many predicted the match to be tactical and a bit on the slow side but it instead it turned out to be an exciting and tactical encounter. Although both sides showed aggression in attack, it was Matroos who seemed the more dominant. Cheslyn Visagie, the Spurs defender, had a torrid time keeping his defence in check while they saw off the danger posed by Matroos. It was the side from the “dorp” who scored first but Spurs managed to get a goal back by halftime.

In the second half Matroosfontein continued their rhythm as they probed the Spurs defence while Spurs seemed to have only game plan which was playing the ball to top goal scorer, Ameen Awaldeen but he was kept at bay by James Berziek, the Matroos captain and central defender.

With the 2 goals scored in the second half, the side from Matroosfontein saw out the rest of the match and prevented any danger offered by Spurs to threaten them.

At the end of the match Coach Victor Tajoodien of Silver Spurs had this to say: “Although we are devastated, Matroos was the better team on the night and we wish them well in playoffs”

Coach Patrick Weels “I’m over the moon, we waited long for this and the players gave a good account of themselves tonight.”

Matroosfontein advance to the regional playoffs where they aim to take the leap to the ABC Motsepe League this weekend.

Team performance is key for Matroos

Matroosfontein are sitting pretty at the top of Stream A and it’s unlikely that they will be dethroned from the summit but, coach Patrick Weels is all to weary of complacency as he can still recall the season when his side was 21 points clear and still failed to win the league. In his own words “I will never forget that season”

On Saturday the log leaders hosted the team at the bottom of the log, Bayview FC from Mitchells Plain. If anyone thought that this would be a walk in the park for Matroos, they would be highly mistaken as the Bayview team is on the mend and have shown improved results of late.

It was the home side that took the early initiative as Curtley Poole latched on a loose ball in the final third and squeezed it inside the near post to give his side the early lead.

After the goal the visitors started to string a few attacks together and applied pressure on the hosts’ defence. In the 10th minute Lincoln Felix from Bayview had the opportunity to unleash a shot but was off target not troubling the Matroos goalkeeper, Preston Branco.
Bayview held majority of the possession but lacked the ability to create real opportunities mainly because of poor decision making in the final third. Matroosfontein were picking up the loose ball quite easily and were swift in their attack with the ball being swung from 1 side of the field to the other in a very speedily fashion.

It was also clear that the home side preferred smaller interchanges before directing the ball into space on the far side where 1 of their attackers were ready to pounce. Kyle Morris, of Matroosfontein, was dangerous off the ball as well as when in possession.

The Matroosfontein midfield pairing of Reagan Faro and Curtley Poole formed a good combination and understanding of each other’s whereabouts which made it easier to relieve pressure as soon as they won the ball.
For Bayview, Taariq Petersen and Chad Goliath were stand out performers.

The first half ended 1-0 to the home side but all the questions were being asked by the visitors.

With coach Rezaan Jacobs from Bayview making some adjustments to his line up, the visitors were able to continue their hunt for the equalizer. The second half became a more open affair with players tiring but the intensity of the match was still present. Bayview got their equalizer when Matroosfontein defence was unable to clear a wide cross effectively and the experienced Rezico Davids, struck the ball towards goal and into the net, making the score 1-1.

In their search for the winner Bayview had a lapse of concentration and a minute after the goal was scored, the home side snuck in behind the defence to score the winner. A probing through ball by Curtley Poole to Luciano Johnson was enough for Johnson to bury the ball pass Bayview keeper, Marawaan Cupido.

Great performances by these boys. From left – Wendell Cornelissen, Kyle Moses and Luciano Johnson

As a recap, Bayview’s downfall in this match would be their poor decision making in the final third and maybe playing too much as individuals as compared to Matroosfontein’s team performance and well drilled attacking play when in possession.

The win solidifies Matroosfontein top position as they prepare to the winner of Stream B.

Matroosfontein Ahead of the Stream

Reagan Faro in red, leading the Matroos attack

In a double header weekend, Heideveld side Goal 50 Unite, hosted Matroosfontein on Saturday at Heideveld in an early 2pm kick off. The visitors came to Heideveld with a better record for the season than their hosts as coach Patrick Wheels’ charges played 2 games of which they won 1 and drew 1 while Goal 50 Unite lost both their opening matches.

One of the first chances of the match fell to Matroosfontein when Lorenzo Jaap did extremely well out wide to round the defence and deliver a good cross into the area of Goal 50 but Keanan De Wet struck his shot over the crossbar. It was clear that the lanky striker Reagan Faro, would be a concern for the Goal 50 defence as his work rate, energy and ability to link up with his teammates was plain to see.

The home side was not outdone by their more favoured opponents as they managed to compete for possession in the midfield but to their own undoing, lost the ball by unforced errors as they were guilty of not releasing the ball quick enough. At the times when they tried to release the ball quicker, their passes were either intercepted or not completed.

Matroosfontein captain James Beziek dictating play on Saturday

The first half seemed more like the Heideveld side were waiting on their opponents’ errors and then play off those mistakes but many times the action took place deep in their own half and they were not effective in playing the ball further up the field.

On the other hand, Matroos looked more structured, energized, executing good combinations, confident in their plan and enjoyed plenty of possession in the midfield with captain, James Beziek dictating the pace and attack with his passing and vision.

The visitor’s first goal came shortly before halftime when Albertino Van De Heuwel guided a well delivered corner kick, taken by Curtley Poole, into the far corner of the poles beating goal keeper, Niven Scott.

Just after 9 minutes in the 2nd half, Goal 50 was unfortunate to concede as the visitors scored their 2nd goal. Faro struck a shot from outside the area and goalkeeper Scot, lost his footing as he slipped and to his dismay could only watch the ball pass him into the back of the net.

Faro scored his second when he took charge of a free kick just outside the home side’s area and struck the ball pass the diving Scot who wasn’t quick enough to react and prevent the goal being scored.

The second half consisted of the hosts trying their utmost to get back into the encounter and at times they had the upper hand as the visitors seemed to have relaxed a bit. With changes being made by the home side, they were more penetrative and created opportunities inside the final third. There hard work was rewarded with a penalty and Jean Pierre Jafta made no mistake when he converted for the consolation goal.

Trinnies (white) beat Junction (yellow) 4-0 on Saturday

Matroosfontein ended the double header weekend with 6 points as they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday to enter the week top of the table in stream A.

Goal 50 managed to turn their fate around on Sunday when they beat Greenwood Athletic 3-2 making it 2 losses in a row for the Retreat side as they were beaten by Bayview FC with the same score line on Friday night.

In other matches, Silver Spurs were brought down to earth after their great start to the season when they drew both their matches the weekend with Bluegum and Jamestown respectively. Vasco Da Gama, 2nd placed in stream B, picked up 4 points the weekend as they beat Jamestown 2-1 on Saturday and were gifted the points on Sunday after their opponents, Cape Umoya, failed to pitch for their game.

Coach Zaheer Simons from Trinitarians will be relieved and happy after his side earned all points up for grabs after their opening loss. Trinitarians trounced Junction Rovers 4-0 on Saturday and beat Hanover Park 1-0 on Sunday at home in Uitsig.

Other results: Sunday – Bayview 0-4 Woodlands, Crystal Palace 1–3 Matroosfontein, Junction Rovers 1- 1 Bluegum

Saturday – Cape Town United 0-0 Woodlands, Crystal Palace 1-2 Ocean view, Cape Umoya 2-0
Cape Town City

Bluegum victorious at Home

On Saturday 17th Bluegum United hosted newly promoted side Trinitarians in the SAFA Regional Mens League at Bonteheuwel Sports Ground.

The scorching hot weather didn’t deter the 2 sides from playing at a high intensity and the home side quickly made their intentions felt in the 4th minute when Matthew Pelton delivered his corner and Yaseen Koopman had his header defended, much to relief of the visitor’s technical staff.

Trinitarians were facing a relentless period of attack by Bluegum and the fierce tackles exchanged between both sides forced the first substitution of the match for the visitors when, Lyle Johnson replaced Jeffrey Ruiters within 20 mins of the start. Bluegum had the ascendency in the first 20 mins of the match, looking sharper, quicker to the ball and more decisive in attack.

With the restart after the water break, the momentum shifted to the visitors as the forced change for Trinitarians also resulted in a positional change which saw experienced campaigner, Rubin Jacobs, shifted in the heart of the midfield. The result of this move had Trinnies more in possession and on attack for the rest of the first half. Although they struggled with the pitch, they held firm with moving the ball through the zones and creating chances like, when Ryan Paulse missed his opportunity to score as he headed the ball past the upright at the end of the half.

The second half started just as intense as the first when Bluegum substitute Chadwin Erickson received the ball from broken play in the Trinnies half, took the shot but it was saved and the visitors immediately countered but also missed their opportunity with the shot going wide.

The first goal of the match was scored by Bluegum’s Ishrafiel Lottery after the away side’s defence failed to deal with a free kick in the box. The home side doubled their lead when Asheeq Valentine found Matthew Pelton in the area and Pelton scored.
Trinitarians scored their 1st goal from a corner when Jason Warner took advantage of a sleepy Bluegum defence. The home side quickly struck back when Muazzam Esau delivered a good pass to Pelton on the edge of the opponents’ box, Pelton miskicked and William Rhode latched onto the loose ball and scored.

Trinnies, determined to get something from the match scored another just before time when substitute Charles Japhta scored his team’s second after goalkeeper Maselino Keet (Bluegum) saved an attempt by Jason Warner. Bluegum secured their first win of the season with this 3-2 win over Trinitarians.

In other matches played in Stream B, Silver Spurs secured their 2nd win of the season against Vasco when they won 3-1 on Friday night. Hanover Park were held to a 2-2 draw with Cape Umoya while Jamestown earned their first point of the season in a draw against Cape Town City.

In Stream A Crystal Palace has 2 wins from 2 matches as they beat Cape Town United in Langa on Saturday, goals scored by former Greenwood player, Tevin Horne and Griffin Carolus scored the 2nd, while Greenwood earned Cape District bragging rights as they beat Ocean View 4-1 in Ocean View. Matroosfontein and Bayview shared the spoils on Friday night with a 1-1 draw and Woodlands overcame their defeat from the previous week and beat Goal 50 Unite 5-3.

This week the teams look forward to double headers in both streams.

Hanover Park see off Newcomers

The SAFA CT Regional Mens 3rd division kicked off last Saturday after more than a year after the league was interrupted due to the Covid#19 Pandemic.

The interruption resulted in no relegation for teams and also meant that the side who led the log at the time, Hanover Park, represented the region in the playoffs for a 2nd division spot. In addition, the 2 promoted teams of 2019/20, Jamestown and Trinitarians were included in the 2021 season making it an 18-team league. For the 2021 season the 18 clubs voted for a 2-stream league consisting of 9 teams each where each league winner would face each other for a playoff spot.

Newcomers Jamestown had the tough task of hosting one of last season’s form sides, Hanover Park, as their first assignment of their campaign. Hanover Park had the first attempt in the match when Azeem Samuels was the quickest to react from a freekick but struck his header off target and over the crossbar.

Jamestown, determined not be outdone by their opponents, created two attempts by Levi Benjamin in close succession in the 10th minute but he was unfortunately not able to make it count.
As the 1st half progressed the match became more balanced with both sides enjoying their fair number of attempts and their different styles of play was more evident. The home side had a more patient build up and managed to string a few passes together while the Hanover were looking to get the ball to the front men as quickly as possible.

As halftime approached it was clear that the away team were more structured in their positions on the pitch, while Jamestown were quite the opposite as they were covering quite a bit of ground in defense and attack which resulted in them looking a bit more fatigued than their opponents at halftime. Jamestown’s Mikyle Adams could’ve taken his side ahead when he did well to deceive the opposing defenders in the area but delayed the shot and lost possession because of it.

Early in the second half and Hanover Park came close to scoring as Mikyle George was at the end of a Fernel Abrahams’ corner kick but missed the target. Jamestown were holding their own until the 10th minute when Mikyle Adams received a 2nd yellow card and with that received his marching orders. With the home side down to 10 men, the visitors found the gaps in the Jamestown defense mush easier to penetrate and Mikyle George with Roderick Francis making the most damage.

15 minutes into the 2nd half and Jamestown concede a corner as Gilberto Olveira makes a brilliant tackle to deny Francis but from the subsequent corner taken by Abrahams, Hanover Park scores via a Mikyle George header to take his side 1-0 up.

As the match nears its end the away side created more chances but the Jamestown goalkeeper displayed some good saves keep the score at 1-0. Unfortunately for Jamestown the few chances they created were not fruitful as the defense of Hanover Park held firm led by Aqeel Jappie.

Exciting restart on the cards!!

This weekend sees the continuation of the SAFA 3rd division after the end of year break and with 7 matches played so far, we take a brief look at the results of some of the teams.

It’s not unusual for newly promoted teams to do well in their first season in this league and this year Crystal Palace and Woodlands United are continuing the trend as they are placed in the top 3 at the end of 2019.

Palace are occupying top spot and recorded some good results especially beating Hanover Park 3-2 in November while Woodlands had a good run in the Nedbank Cup reaching the regional finals and finishing 2019 in the 3rd spot. Woodlands are facing an uphill battle for the rest of the season as they struggle to secure training grounds in Mitchells Plain and this leaves Coach Zarrie with a tough job to prepare for matches.

Silver Spurs are looking the business this year with target man Ameen Awaldien in fine form netting 6 goals so far. The technical team is now headed by Coach Russell Davids and the squad is a good blend of youth and experience which should see them make an attempt at the title depending if they can be consistent with their performances.

Hanover Park have had a mixed bag of results in their first 7 games but one would expect them to improve as the season continues and apply pressure on the top of the table. With Coach Franklin Davies at the helm, anything is possible as his positive motivation and guidance are essential for his troops every week.

Much was expected from Nova Nacional this season as the team realigned their focus on their goal to be in the PSL in the next few years and the expectation was valid with some key acquisitions in the technical team before the start of the season. Former Bafana Bafana left-back David Kannemeyer is heading the technical team after having brief coaching spells at The Magic (ABC Motsepe) and Cape Town All Stars (NFD). Kannemeyer still has plenty of time to improve his team’s results and has the resources to do so.

In what could be termed as a rebuilding stage for Greenwood, their start to the season is probably their worst since campaigning in the league about 3 years ago. Coach Fadiel Losper is at the helm this season and in charge of the rebuild which includes some younger players in the squad but still has the stability with the experience of players like Nathan Brown and Dean Williams.

Cape Town City is having a better start compared to last season as they also have a change in the technical team which is now headed by Coach Richard Lovell. City’s positive results have seen them end 2019 in the top half of the table and a few of the team’s performances have been a pleasure to watch as the young squad uses their pace and skill to their advantage against their opponents.

Scrolling down to the foot of the table is a surprise to many if last season was anything to go by as Matroosfontein, who were contenders last season, are now languishing at the bottom of the log. With only 1 win from 7 matches so far, Coach Patrick Wheels and his team will be eager to get this year going and start his team’s recovery and ensure their survival.

Another team finding it tougher than last year is Cape Town United who are yet to record a victory but only lost once and drew 5 matches in their 6 played so far. The Langa team will be looking at the next few weeks as a crucial part of their season if they want to avoid the relegation zone by midseason.

It’s still a long way to go and the situation can change for all 16 teams and with no one really dominating yet, it keeps the excitement going for spectators and hope alive for clinching the top spot. Check out this week’s fixtures and make sure to catch a game.

Regional 3RD Division 19/20

 

SAFA CT Youth Awarded

On Tuesday night 19th November, the SAFA Cape Town Youth Awards was held at the Mayoral Suite in the Civic Centre.

The evening was dedicated to acknowledging and recognizing the achievements by youth players on the field. Girls and boys from U15 and U17 teams were acknowledged for doing well in the regional and provincial teams.

To kick off the evening were two speakers, Leigh Brophy and Hans Vonk, who offered motivation to the youth players in attendance.

Leigh Brophy delivered a motivational talk at the event

Leigh Brophy is our U17 national goalkeeper who relayed her story and her continuing journey in football thus far. Her talk was inspiring to say the least and her delivery was on point. Her main advice to the youth was to maintain a balance between football, school, and God.
Leigh’s football journey started with a club called Roma FC in the Regional Womens League (RWL). In 2017 at the age of 15 she was scouted by UCT who she still currently plays for. The regional and provincial trials were quickly endured and she soon became part of the national setup.

    • Her dream to represent her country was always the goal and gradually extended to playing outside of the country. Leigh gives much credit to Coach Mark Kapman who inspired and motivated her to achieve all that she has while her role models since the start of her playing career have been her two older brothers who she still learns from. Brophy is speedily recovering from a knee injury while she is completing her Matric and looks forward to getting back into action to claim the No.1 jersey for the National side; we wish her all the luck for the rest of her football journey.

Hans Vonk, former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and current Head of Youth at Ajax Cape Town delivered his short and direct message to all in attendance. Vonk stressed the importance of having a structured setup with quality coaches to drive the development of youth football.
He shared his football journey and how Foppe De Haan, the renowned Dutch coach, positively influenced youth football at the club.

Keynote speaker for the evening was Councillor Anthony Moses and he touched on various key points including the importance of sport in our communities. With mentioning the remembrance of those who have fallen during the season through either violent acts or injury on the field, he stressed the value of respect for one another when taking part in a contact sport.

The importance of planning and improving facilities was also raised and he informed the audience that is the priority of the city. The councillor also noted the enhancement of the relationship between the city and SAFA CT and the importance thereof for ensuring the development of youth in sport.

Big Winners

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Female and Male Youth Player of the year.

Female and Male Youth Player of the year

Tiyana Carollisen (female) and Toguer Claasen (male) were awarded the prestigious titles last night and we had a quick sit down with the two winners.

Carollisen was clearly shocked that she received the award but nevertheless felt it was deserved after all the sacrifices she together with her family had made in her football career.
Claasen was unable to hide his joy as he sat with the awarded trophy. The young Silver Spurs player was happy that he could assist his team by scoring goals when needed and is hoping for a bright future in the game.

For Tiyana her immediate focus is finishing her exams and then prepares for the playoffs with her club team, Vasco Da Gama and voices her encouragement to the youth to just keep trying until it happens for them.

Toguer shares her encouragement but also adds that youth get involved with clubs, keep training and play as much as they can.

 

Our Engen KO Challenge 2019 Wrap Up

The Cape Town leg of the Engen Knockout Challenge (EKOC) 2019 took place from the 26th – 28th July 2019 and was hosted by Wanderers FC of the Langa LFA.

The EKOC is in its 17th year and the Wanderers FC and tournament LOC must be congratulated on hosting an efficient and well-organized event, extinguishing any pre-tournament concerns about the ability to do so.

Results at the end of day 1 were an early indication that the local football landscape is changing as the traditional LFA clubs were no pushovers to the more resourced academy teams.
Wynberg St Johns had a good tournament and was victorious in their first 2 matches against the more fancied Ulana Academy and Cape Town City sides.

The Maitland based FN Rangers also turned a few heads when they held Hellenic to a 1-1 draw and later Cape Umoya to a goalless draw. Against Cape Umoya, Rangers were brave enough to use their defenders to start their attack from the back with solid build-up play and both sides saw missed chances but the encounter was entertaining.

Hanover Park gave a good account of themselves reaching the semi-finals of the competition, eventually bowing out to Cape Town City via a penalty shootout. This was preceded by a win against Everton and a 2-2 draw with Stellenbosch FC on day 1.
A 3-1 win against Jomos Power from Atlantis booked their spot in the quarters where they defeated hosts, Wanderers 1-0 to advance to the semis.
The lanky Hanover Park midfielder Carl Keyster was the stand out player displaying his skills and work rate both in defence and attack.

As usual, many opinions and views are shared at tournaments and it was no different this time. The discussions on day 1 were dominated by the lack of football quality on display. The direct approach seemed to be the chosen tactics by the majority with teams trying to win the 2nd ball whilst others stuck to their style of play.

A confession by one of the coaches who took part in the tournament was that he chose to follow the “long ball” route in his first match but reverted to his team’s passing game in his following game where they won and the players had a more enjoyable experience.

Tournaments in Gauteng are often seen as a step up because they are slightly different to what we normally experience in Cape Town. The Gauteng tournaments often have more teams who enjoy passing the ball and keeping it on the deck.
Appropriate then that the Cape Town winner, Ubuntu, was one of the teams who displayed mostly attractive football and they will be representing the province at the national event.

There might be a difference of opinion with regards to the game plans of coaches but there was an agreement with the attendees that the quality of the players were noticeable. Each match had at least a player from either side who displayed their ability and skill level to impress spectators.

To sum it up, the EKOC 2019 was a success and what’s left to do now is wish Ubuntu Football Academy all the best for the Champs of Champs in Gauteng.

 

This is how the teams ended.
1. Ubuntu Football
2. Cape Town City
3. Stellenbosch FC
4. Hanover Park FC
5. Hellenic
6. Ajax Cape Town
7. Bayview FC
8. Wanderers FC
9. Cape Umoya
10. Everton
11. JL Zwane
12. Wynberg St Johns
13. FN Rangers
14. Ulana Academy
15. Santos
16. Jomos Power

 

Summer Round Up – Part 1

With both the SAFA 3rd division and 2nd division all done and dusted we take a look at what was what in the 2 local Cape Town respective leagues.

The 3rd division was probably the toughest it’s been for a long time with no specific team dominating the league. Young Pirates clinched the title with only 58 points which is a low tally compared to previous seasons where the same point total would get a team a 2nd place on the log.

A few teams were in and out of the top 5 but it was clear that Pirates and Matroosfontein were the pacesetters with Greenwood keeping in touch. Both Pirates and Matroos were newcomers to the league this season after winning promotion from the playoffs and together with Nova Nacional were part of a group of new teams who made their presence felt in their first season.

The participation of Cape Town City this season was a cause of curiosity as many were wondering about the team make up and asking if the PSL club would make an impact on the local 3rd division. A development tool for City, the team showed promise and excitement in the friendly matches preceding the season but unfortunately, the lack of experience seemed to be their Achilles heel.

This year proved to some that this league is not easily won and it takes more than just pitching up on a match day and expecting to win as teams with fewer resources can make an impact.

A total of 771 goals were scored in 480 matches for the season and many teams displayed some entertaining football. We also had a few comebacks like Kuilsriver who clawed their way up from the drop zone only to be relegated after DC ruling had 12 points deducted from them. Other teams like Goal 50, Cape Town City, Rebels, and Bluegum United managed to survive and were often in the relegation cauldron.

With Ubuntu FC being relegated from the NFD, the possible ripple effect for the 3rd division meant that more than the usual 2 teams could be relegated but fortunately both Steenberg United and Young Pirates won their respective playoffs, meaning that only 2 teams were dropped from the league.
Those 2 teams were Bayview FC, who are the current Coke Cup champs and Kuilsriver.

Engen KO Challenge – 2019

The Engen Knockout Challenge 2019 to unleash a new generation of stars

South Africa’s leading youth football tournament, the Engen Knockout Challenge is set to unleash a new generation of stars when the 2019 edition kicks-off on 21 June in Port Elizabeth.

Now in its 17th year, the Engen Knockout Challenge comprises five regional tournaments. These will be staged in June and July starting in Port Elizabeth, moving on to Durban, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, before the final leg in Cape Town.

*The award-winning tournament has produced more than 190 players who have gone on to play the “Beautiful Game” at the highest level both nationally and internationally.

David Notoane’s under-23 squad to play Angola for a place at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, includes 18 players who competed in the Engen Knockout Challenge earlier in their careers.

Lyle Foster of South Africa challenged by Hadji Wali of Malawi during the 2019 African Cup Of Nations U20 Qualifier match between South Africa and Malawi at the Moruleng Stadium, Rustenburg on 15 July 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

EKOC Alumni include the likes of Lyle Foster (AC Monaco, France)‚ Tasreeq Matthews (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Leo Thethani (Ajax Amsterdam), Luther Singh (GD Chaves, Portugal), Teboho Mokoena and Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Magerman (Ajax Cape Town), Siyabonga Ngezana and Reeve Frosler (both Kaizer Chiefs).

The Engen Knockout Challenge has not only positively influenced the lives of many of the players. The tournament also nurtures future administrators, team managers, match officials, physios and many more.

“This is why the Engen Knockout Challenge is a tournament that is about More Than Football, and goes beyond the white lines of the football pitch,” comments Bulela Mkandawire, Engen’s Brand & Sponsorship Manager. “It is about giving the players a stage to showcase their talent and possibly change the course of their lives and of their loved ones, while also inspiring the people in the communities from which they come.”

As a company, Engen is committed to skills development. This is done in various ways, including: a bursary scheme, a graduate development programme, learnership and apprenticeship programmes, and a computer school in South Durban, which teaches local residents basic computer literacy. They also support maths and science education via the Engen Maths and Science Schools, which provide supplementary classes to learners in Grades 10-12 at nine centres across South Africa.

Action from the game between Ajax Cape Town (red) and Grassy Park United (blue) during day 2 of the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge at Parow Park, Cape Town on the 16 July 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The 2019 Engen Knockout Challenge welcomes two new host clubs, as well as a new logo and trophy.

The two new host clubs are Wanderers FC, who play their football under the banner of the Langa LFA in Cape Town, and Bloemfontein Celtic FC, a giant of the local football scene and a club that needs no introduction to football fans.

The other host clubs are Glenville Celtic FC (Port Elizabeth), Amazulu FC (Durban) and Wits AFC (Johannesburg).

“June and July will see fans across five different regions enjoy the best South African youth football, with the Engen Knockout Challenge continuing its proud tradition of unearthing the next generation of football stars,” adds Mkandawire.

Tournament Date:
Cape Town: Langa Sports Complex 26 – 28 July 2019